CLINICAL TRIALS

For the most up-to-date list of our current clinical trials, please visit the CLINICAL TRIALS PAGE.

Clinical trials are designed to evaluate new or promising therapies or diagnostics for existing diseases, answer questions concerning existing therapies, or gather specific information on rare types of diseases.

These studies commonly involve novel, “cutting-edge” therapies not previously used in companion animals, and as such, possible benefits and associated toxicities are not known. Clinical trials are generally classified into four phases in order to evaluate these treatments.

Many naturally occurring diseases in pet animals serve as “natural models” due to the similarities in their human counterpart. Better understanding these diseases provides important information for research to benefit both species.

Hope Veterinary Specialists has established a clinical trial network that collaborates with the leaders in the industry of both human and animal health as well as several universities known for their clinical trial programs. Results of these collaborative efforts will be published in the veterinary literature and are designed to improve the knowledge in the veterinary field and help improve the quality of life of our patients.

Hope VS is excited to become part of the Animal Clinical Investigations Clinical Trials Network. “ACI bridges the veterinary community with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, working together to develop treatments for pets with cancer and other complex medical conditions”. Hope VS is the only network site in this region and this collaboration allows our patients access to novel and cutting-edge technologies.

There are many benefits to enrolling in a study. The reason new treatments are proposed is often because earlier research has suggested the drug or agent to be evaluated may be more effective than a current standard of care or there may not be a standard of care for the disease being evaluated. Patients that qualify and enter a prospective clinical trial are monitored carefully and strict adherence to the treatment protocol is necessary. Evaluation of the patient is very dependent upon the study guidelines but generally will involve visits to Hope Veterinary Specialists. For many prospective clinical trials, the costs of the staging (evaluating the extent of disease), diagnosis (biopsy) and therapy (novel drug, appointments, and bloodwork) may be completely or partially covered by the specific study sponsor. With owner permission, samples such as blood, urine, and/or tumor may be obtained to aid researchers in gaining additional information to benefit present and future patients.

The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June 2016 as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment. Veterinarians and animal owners may search the site to find studies that might be relevant to their patient or pet. Animal owners interested in participating in such studies are encouraged to discuss their eligibility for any relevant study with their veterinarian.